Four Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Good at-home oral hygiene habits paired with regular dental exams can help prevent most causes of tooth pain. But even with the most rigorous dental care regimen, it’s possible to experience severe discomfort in a tooth. Following are four common causes of tooth pain.

Sensitive teeth

If you notice a sharp, temporary pain in a tooth while brushing, eating, or drinking, it could be caused by worn tooth enamel. Your dentist might recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste to help block pain associated with sensitive teeth. He might also apply fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain in the sensitive areas.

Impacted tooth

When teeth are prevented from moving into their proper position in the mouth by other teeth, gums, or bone, you’ve got an impaction. This commonly happens with wisdom teeth since they are the last to erupt, typically between ages 17-21. The jawbone can’t accommodate the extra teeth, so they stay trapped under the gum, causing pressure and pain. Many people have their wisdom teeth, or “third molars,” extracted in their teens before they undergo orthodontic work, such as braces.

Cracked tooth

The pressure from biting, chewing, and grinding can weaken teeth over time. A tooth can crack suddenly and noticeably when you bite down hard on an object, or it can be a more subtle fracture you might not notice for a while. Sensitivity to hot, cold, air, and pressure are all signs of a cracked tooth. If left untreated, bacteria can build up inside the pulp chamber, leading to a very painful infection and severe swelling in the form of an abscess.

Sinus infection

This non-dental cause of tooth pain is common in people who suffer from allergies or frequent colds. The cavities around the nasal passages become swollen and inflamed, causing pain in the teeth located in the upper back corners of your mouth. Your dentist may suggest decongestants or other medications to relieve sinus pressure.

If you’re suffering from tooth pain, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Many conditions worsen over time. Call us at (630) 323-5333, or use our online contact form to send us an appointment request message. We look forward to hearing from you!

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How Dental Crowns Enhance Your Smile

Are you reluctant to smile? A dental crown could be the cosmetic confidence booster you need.

What Exactly is a Crown?

A dental crown is a type of cap your dentist inserts over a natural tooth. This cap envelops more of a tooth than a veneer does. It thoroughly covers the portion of the tooth that’s visible above and at your gum line.

Your dentist’s goal is to create a permanent cover that is incredibly natural looking. The color, shape, length, and bite of your natural tooth are important factors to consider when creating a crown. Made from an impression of your tooth, it might have all-metal, all-resin, all-ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or pressed ceramic composition.

The first step in making a crown is reducing your natural tooth for the cap to fit over it. In most cases, your dental practice will send the impression to a lab to fabricate the crown. Until it is cemented in place, you’ll have a temporary crown to cover your reduced tooth.

A crown’s life expectancy is up to eight years. However, if you take good care of it and schedule regular dental exams, it should last much longer.

How Can Crowns Help?

Dental crowns serve two primary purposes. They can restore a tooth to its standard size and shape to improve its appearance. They also provide strength when there isn’t enough of a tooth left to accommodate a large filling, or the tooth is already broken.

A crown is also useful for covering a tooth after a root canal, holding in place a dental bridge, and covering a tooth that is severely discolored or misshapen. In some cases, it serves as a cover for a dental implant.

Opting for a crown is an excellent way to make your smile sparkle while making a long-term investment in your dental health. Be sure to ask your dentist whether it might be the right choice for you.